Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse with Pilates

Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse requires Pilates skills, one of which is physical fitness.

With the new season of Walking Dead about to begin, my google alerts are once again becoming inundated with articles on how to prepare for the coming Zombie Apocalypse (Zompoc).

English: Staff Sgt. Aron Reyes, U.S. Army Forc...
English: Staff Sgt. Aron Reyes, U.S. Army Forces Command, pushes through the Army Physical Fitness Test on Sept. 30, during the 2009 Department of the Army’s Best Warrior Competition at Fort Lee, Va. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

And while we have written a couple of fun novels about how urban folks band together to survive, we are also extremely aware of what skills we all really do need to survive any kind of emergency situation.

At base, we need to be physically fit to survive. We need Pilates.

See, Joseph Pilates was a survivor. He grew up in pre-WWI Germany with rickets, asthma, and a weird last name that sounded suspiciously like Pontius Pilate. Kids made fun of him.

So he studied the history of physical fitness and pulled out what worked.

Good thing.

When Joseph Pilates was interned as an enemy alien by the British, he was able to keep himself and the men who exercised with him healthy. They survived. They did what we now know to be Pilates mat, which then started with jumping jacks, squats and lunges. And ended with planks and push ups.

If your body is weak and imbalanced, you will not survive.

If your back goes out, you will not survive.

If you are so tight that bending over hurts, you will not survive.

If your powerhouse is weak, so that you cannot lift heavy objects or support another person’s weight, you will not survive.

You see, surviving the Zombie Apocalypse requires strength, flexibility, and functionality on multiple levels. So does Pilates.

We maintain that doing Pilates will increase your chances of surviving the Zombie Apocalypse.

Try it!